A year or so ago, a family from church came to me with an unusual request. The parents had both passed on, and the four adult children all wanted the cedar blanket chest that had always sat at the foot of the parents' bed. The old man had made it himself in the early years of their marriage, and all the kids had fond memories of it. Rather than have the cedar chest go to one particular person, they wanted me to build 4 jewelry boxes from it. The boxes were very simply made, just six slabs of wood in each one, dovetailed at the corners. Didn't take me long at all to make them. I gave them the sanded boxes and enough wipe-on varnish for them to finish them themselves. I hope my own family will someday treasure something I made as much as those people treasured those boxes. I've built a lot of stuff over the years, but those simple boxes gave me more return on investment than anything else I've ever done.
“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Mark Twain